We are sad to announce that archaeologist and long-time Conservancy Board Member, Carol Condie passed away on January 22 at the age of 90. Her contributions to The Archaeological Conservancy and the field of archaeology are unmeasurable. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
Read more about her life and accomplishments in the full obituary below or at legacy.com:
Carol Condie (Stout)
Carol Condie (Stout), age 90, passed peacefully in her sleep on January 22, 2022. She was born in Provo, Utah, to LeRoy and Thelma Condie. She grew up in Salt Lake City and in southern Utah and attended the University of Utah where she met Kent Stout. They were married in 1954 and remained good friends until his passing in 2012. Together they had three children, Carla, Erik, and Paula.
Carol earned her BA at the University of Utah when she discovered her passion for anthropology and archeology and made life-long friends through the Glen Canyon Project, documenting and analyzing archeological sites prior to their inundation by Lake Powell. She was the editor for the project’s reports under the exacting standards of Dr. Jesse Jennings and was the director of the project’s laboratory. She then completed her Master’s in Education at Cornell University, and her PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, where she explored the linguistic intricacies of the Zuni language as well as Navajo and Apache.
She was the Education Coordinator and the Director of the Division of Interpretation for the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM in the 1970s and served on its Board of Directors in the 1980s. In 1978, Carol launched her own consulting archeology company, Quivira Research Center. She quickly established herself as a leader in Southwestern archeology, working throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah to conduct archeological surveys of lands that were slated to be impacted by construction. Her clients included utilities, oil and gas companies, construction firms, state and federal agencies, and Native American tribes, and all appreciated both her high degree of professionalism and efficiency in completing the work on time and under budget. She issued more than 500 reports, impacting New Mexico archeology for generations to come.
Carol was fiercely committed to the preservation of archeological sites and resources. She was instrumental in the passage of laws that required the US Forest Service to conduct professional archeological surveys across the country to ensure that at-risk prehistoric sites were properly protected. She compiled a thorough catalogue of all the historic cemeteries in Albuquerque to ensure their preservation. Along with many others, she worked to establish the world-class Petroglyph National Monument. And through her tireless leadership, Albuquerque promulgated an archeological preservation ordinance that has served as a model throughout the country. She served on numerous archeological boards and professional societies and garnered multiple awards through the years. The Archaeological Society of New Mexico, the New Mexico Archaeological Council, and the Albuquerque Archaeological Society all benefited from her leadership and guidance. She received the State of New Mexico Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation in 1986 and the City of Albuquerque Open Space Program Award in 1989. Closest to her heart was serving nearly 20 years on the Board of Directors of The Archaeological Conservancy, a national organization dedicated to the preservation of archeological sites throughout the United States that are critical to the understanding of the nation’s history and prehistory. Her spirit is difficult to adequately capture in words, but she had an unmatched joie de vivre and enthusiasm in everything she did, and that will be sorely missed.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, George Condie. She is survived by her children, Carla Thompson and her husband, Dave and their children, Kevin and wife Lauren Thompson (Luke and Emily), and daughter Lauren Thompson; Erik Stout and his children, Rosa, Antonia, and Liliana Covington-Stout and Saval Crow; and Paula Slavin and her husband, Adam and their children, Jason and Dalia Slavin. She is also survived by several dear cousins. We are grateful for the care shown her by the staff of Carefree Living.
There will be no formal service. Those wishing to share memories may email the family at Condie719@gmail.com. We encourage those who would like to honor Carol to make a donation to The Archaeological Conservancy at www.archaeologicalconservancy.org or 1717 Girard Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87016. Please visit our online guestbook for Carol at www.FrenchFunerals.com.
Published by Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 30, 2022.